The Positive Leader How Energy and Happiness Fuel Top-Performing Teams

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2016-11-10
  • Publisher: Ft Pr
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What is included with this book?


Discover how to banish stress and negativity, rediscover your best self and become an inspirational leader – starting now.


Inspirational leaders:

  • Target strengths, not weaknesses
  • Have a dream
  • Manage energy, not time
  • Put happiness before success

Based on cutting edge research, and with truly actionable advice, The Positive Leader shows you how.

Former Chairman of Microsoft Europe, Jan Mühlfeit, turns the lessons he’s learnt from his years at the coalface of leadership into a ‘how to’ guide for busy managers.


Academic studies have shown that a positive mind-set results in 31% higher levels of productivity.*

The Positive Leader gives you a four-point approach to becoming a happier and more inspirational leader.

  • Discover and work to your strengths
  • Identify your mission and vision
  • Become a ‘Chief Energy Officer’
  • Lead yourself to happiness


* ‘Positive Intelligence’, Shawn Anchor, Harvard Business Review, Jan/Feb 2012 

Author Biography

Jan Mühlfeit is a global strategist, executive coach and mentor. He is the Former Chairman of Microsoft Europe, where he worked for 22 years. He is currently an ‘entrepreneur in residence’ at INSEAD and a coach for Exec MBA students at Cambridge University. Jan is also a member of the Business Advisory Board at Imperial College London.


Melina Costi is a professional business writer with a background in marketing management.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Setting the Scene for Positive Leadership


PART 1: Building Strengths Positive People

(The ‘WHO’) 


Chapter 1: Who Am I? (Self-Awareness, Strengths & The EQ Factor)

Chapter 2: Strengths Audit (Unlocking Strengths & Getting Authentic)

Chapter 3: Creating Super-Talented Teams


PART 2: Personal Mission & Ultimate Vision Positive Purpose

(The ‘WHY’) 


Chapter 4: What is the ‘WHY’? (Working Your Personal Mission) 

Chapter 5: Being Visionary (Inspiring the Dream & Making it Happen)

Chapter 6: The Big Picture (Building a Winning Culture)


PART 3: Energy Management Positive Process

(The ‘HOW’) 


Chapter 7: Slave to Success (Burnout & Stress)

Chapter 8: How to Become a Chief Energy Officer (CEO)

Chapter 9: A Four-Way Strategy for Managing Energy


PART 4: Success vs Happiness Positive Place

(The ‘WHERE’)


Chapter 10: Pursuing the Happiness Path

Chapter 11: In a Better Place (Strategies for Day-to-Day Happiness)

Chapter 12: Your Leadership Legacy (Helping Others & Social Support)


Conclusion: Your Happiness/Success Story!

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